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The War on the First Amendment Didn't Start Last Week

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

For those who woke a week ago to realize the First Amendment is under attack, I lost my job at the State Department in 2012 for writing We Meant Well,...

Oliver Stone's New Movie 'Snowden' Tackles the Myth

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.15.2016 | Entertainment
Peter Van Buren

Snowden is a helluva movie, kicking an audience's ass on a number of levels. I had a chance to see the film at a preview event; it opens everywhere on September 16. Go see it.

Was Hillary Clinton's Email Hacked? The Case

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.14.2016 | Technology
Peter Van Buren

If you were Vladimir Putin, or President Xi of China, what would you do if you had the entire archive of Hillary Clinton's emails, classified and unclassified, "deleted" and not, in your hands? What value to you would that be in your next round of negotiations with the president of the United States?

Standing Up in the Spirit of America's First Whistleblower Benjamin Franklin!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
Coleen Rowley

Throughout the week, we discussed the problem of pernicious governmental, corporate and other top-down secrecy involved in globalization that enables large-scale wrongdoing and keeps citizens in the dark about it, making effective solutions and real democracy, and even our collective security, impossible.

The USA Freedom Act Is a Virtual Scam

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Some foes of mass surveillance have been celebrating the final passage of the USA Freedom Act, but Thomas Drake sounds decidedly glum. The new law, he tells me, is "a new spy program." It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act.

Whistleblowers Have a Human Right to a Public Interest Defense, And Hacktivists Do, Too

Carey Shenkman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Carey Shenkman

The free flow of information is necessary for a democratic society, and this flow cannot be purely in the hands of government. This is why the rights to expression and a free and open press are among the most widely recognized rights on earth.

Michael McAuliff

How Hillary Clinton Could Be Targeted Under The Espionage Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton on Tuesday defended her exclusive use of a private email system while she was secretary of state, saying she had opted for...

Why Does The Obama Administration Keep Prosecuting Whistleblowers?

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 02.27.2015 | Comedy

Blowing the whistle seems great! Herve Falciani blew the whistle on HSBC, the British bank that allegedly helped clients evade taxes. Switzerland r...

Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

As a matter of faith, some people believe that God can see and hear everything. But as a matter of fact, the U.S. government now has the kind of surveillance powers formerly attributed only to a supreme being.

Whistleblowing Is About the Message, Not the Messenger

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Snowden, in a larger sense, in a good way, doesn't matter as a person. What matters is what he has revealed to us about a national security state that has clearly gone quite insane, violating our liberty and our freedom to live without unwarranted search and seizure of our private lives.

Matt Sledge

Washington Rally Will Target NSA Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

The National Security Agency's opponents are moving out of the courts and onto the streets in a demonstration against mass surveillance on Saturday. ...

Repression of Whistleblowers: Making It Easier to Attack Syria

Norman Solomon | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Without whistleblowers, the mainline media outlets are more transfixed than ever with telling the official story. And at a time like this, the official story is all about spinning for war on Syria.

We Need A Whistleblower Prize

Radley Balko | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

This Washington Post piece looking at what has happened to several notable government whistleblowers is sobering. The former high-ranking Natio...

Gerry Smith

NSA Whistleblowers On Surveillance: We Told You So

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.06.2013 | Technology

For years, four former National Security Agency analysts warned that the government was conducting widespread surveillance on domestic communications....

Michael Calderone

Whistleblower Prosecutions Lead To Chilling Effect On Press

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 04.16.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -– On April 9, McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay reported that the Obama administration has “targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-...

Pentagon Intensifies Efforts to Plug Leaks, Catch Leakers

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The Secretary of Defense sternly warned Defense Department employees Thursday that the government will scour news reports for leaks of classified information, try to unmask the leakers, and refer cases to the Justice Department -- which has the power to prosecute.

D.C. Lawyer Who Posed In 'Playboy' Wins First Amendment Award

Posted 06.03.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A D.C. lawyer who posed for Playboy while at Yale Law School will be honored Monday at the Playboy Mansion for her work defending a high...

Michael Calderone

Obama's War On Leaks

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.18.2012 | Media

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Obama administration Friday morning continued its headlong attack on the right of reporters to protect their confidential sources...

NSA Analyst: "We Could Have Prevented 9/11"

Washington Spectator | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Washington Spectator

The idea is, NSA only tells Congress what it wants them to hear, and Congress will just have to figure out what it really knows. The problem is, how will Congress find something unless it knows what it's looking for and where to find it?

Whistleblowers: "Rescind Obama's 'Transparency Award' Now!"

Coleen Rowley | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Over 20 noted whistleblowers have just released a petition calling for rescinding a "Transparency Award" President Obama recently received.

Why Thomas Drake Is Not an Enemy of the State

Jesselyn Radack | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jesselyn Radack

Former NSA senior official Thomas Drake is a whistleblower. Through legal and proper channels, he disclosed massive corruption, gross waste and mismanagement to tune of billions of taxpayer dollars, and widespread illegal domestic surveillance.

Is The U.S. Prosecuting An Honest Whistleblower?

The New Yorker | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

On June 13th, a fifty-four-year-old former government employee named Thomas Drake is scheduled to appear in a courtroom in Baltimore, where he will fa...

A Prize for Simply Doing What's Right

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The honor of a prize for those "who speak truth to power" is ironically unfortunate. The need to speak such truth at all, to illustrate how selfish profit motives too frequently take precedence over the health care needs of real people, remains a tragedy.

Obama Opens the Oval Office to Good Government Groups

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

When we met with him yesterday, President Obama did something remarkable: He said the issue of transparency in government is incredibly difficult, and he asked us to work with his office to improve the status quo.

Obama More Aggressive Than Bush In Targeting Whistleblowers

New York Times | SCOTT SHANE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hired in 2001 by the National Security Agency to help it catch up with the e-mail and cellphone revolution, Thomas A. Drake became convi...